Lewis Cook's England Debut Nets His Grandfather £17,000
Bournemouth midfielder Lewis Cook made his grandfather £17,000 richer on Tuesday after making his England debut in the 1-1 draw against Italy.
Four years ago, Trevor Burlingham placed a £500 bet with UK bookmaker William Hill at the odds of 33-1 that his 18-year-old grandson would win a senior England cap before his 26th birthday.
Only a few months after leading the England U20 team to World Cup glory, Cook was drafted into the senior squad for the first time against Brazil last November but did not play.
But the 21-year-old got his chance when he replaced Jesse Lingard after 71 minutes at Wembley on Tuesday, in England’s final friendly before manager Gareth Southgate names his provisional squad for the World Cup in Russia.
William Hill said it was their biggest payout of this type since handing out £125,000 to Peter Edwards when his grandson Harry Wilson made his Wales debut in 2013.
Edwards had wagered 50 pounds at the odds of 2,500-1 when Wilson was just a toddler.